How I Eliminated My Painful Bloating & Prevented It From Recurring in 48 Hours
Updated: Mar 6, 2021
I went from painfully bloated…. …to NO BLOAT in just 48 hours!
Have you ever experienced painful bloating? If you have, you know that it’s uncomfortable, annoying, and hard to get rid of! Bloating can be caused by a number of things such as:
Eating too quickly without chewing thoroughly
Food allergies, intolerances, or sensitivities
Diets high in carbohydrates, sugar, or processed foods
Bacterial overgrowth in the gut
Chronic stomach problems like dyspepsia, IBS/IBD, constipation, SIBO, Ulcerative Colitis, or Chron's Disease
The worst experience I’ve ever had with painful bloating is when I suffered from Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, also known as SIBO, a couple of years ago. This is a serious condition in which bad bacteria flourishes and wreaks havoc in the small intestine causing symptoms like indigestion, acid reflux, abdominal pain, severe and painful bloating, and chronic constipation or diarrhea.
But how does SIBO develop and how do you know if you have it? SIBO develops overtime and can be caused by various poor diet and lifestyle habits including:
Poor digestion due to decreased stomach acid production
Overuse of anti-inflammatory drugs like NSAIDS and steroids
Unmanaged stress in addition to eating under stress
Diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar, and processed foods
Excess alcohol consumption
Not everyone who has severe bloating has SIBO. You can have dysbiosis or overgrowth of bacteria in other parts of the digestive tract or just a lack of stomach acid causing indigestion, reflux, and bloating. SIBO can be diagnosed through a stool test or breath test administered by a doctor or specialist to check the levels of various bacteria in your small intestine.
I was able to heal from SIBO through diet & lifestyle changes in addition to supplement support. Now, I suffer from the occasional stomach upset, indigestion, & bloating if I do something I know will set my stomach off, since it’s still sensitive & more prone to issues. I eat generally very healthy, but during the last 2 months I indulged a little too much! Between stress & holidays, I caught myself off track. My gut was feeling it as I was painfully bloated, my energy was low, I wasn’t sleeping well, and I just didn’t feel like myself. I knew I had to revert back to my healthy lifestyle if I wanted to feel my best again.
Even if you don’t have SIBO, but have severe bloating, the tips I’m going to share with you here can help you reduce your current bloating and prevent it from recurring overtime! While everyone is different and there are different causes of painful, chronic bloating, these tips might not work for everyone as they might also not fix your bloating in the same amount of time. However, these tips are beneficial to your overall health & can help you at least begin to feel better. If you don’t see results in 48 hours, stick with them and you should notice results overtime! No matter what the cause of your bloating is, it’s highly important to address the root cause of YOUR problems so you can truly heal.
1) Eat a whole foods only diet. Period.
Majority of people’s diets today consist of:
Processed, boxed foods with artificial ingredients & chemical additives.
Refined carbohydrates like white bread, white pasta, white rice, & white flour.
Excess sugary foods & sweets like cookies, cake, pie, & candy.
Hydrogenated oils like canola & vegetable oil or margarine.
Alcohol & soda.
And majority of people’s diets today lack REAL nutrient-dense whole foods like meat, poultry, fish, seafood, vegetables, & fruits. The f